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City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, back row second right, and Football West Head of Member Services Alex Novatsis, back row centre, at Bathers Beach

Freo gears up for beach football

Football West News

Freo will turn into Rio this weekend when more than 150 players hit the town for Football West’s beach football event.

The two-day tournament at Fremantle’s popular Bathers Beach will run from noon-6pm on January 19-20.

The women’s and mixed competitions will take place on Saturday and the men’s on Sunday.

Football West Head of Member Services Alex Novatsis said: “It’s fun and very social and, like futsal and Walking Football, is another format of the sport for people to enjoy along with the traditional 11-a-side.

“We chose Fremantle because a few years ago we held a joint beach football and cricket event at Bathers Beach which was a big success.

“We found working with the City of Fremantle a very positive experience and we’re keen to further build that relationship.”

Two pitches will be in operation during the tournament. Matches will be played over two 10 minutes halves, with each team playing in a round-robin format followed by semi-finals and finals.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the tournament promised to be a great spectacle.

“What better way to spend an afternoon than to watch some spectacular beach soccer at our beautiful Bathers Beach,” mayor Pettitt said.

“And when the soccer is done why not kick back, relax and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean at Perth’s only licenced beach.”


Football West would like to acknowledge the support of the City of Fremantle for this weekend’s beach football tournament.